Summary: The Concept Of Feminism

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In recent times saying the word “feminism” garners looks of disgust, tension, and even fear. It makes people uncomfortable and angry. What has caused a movement about equality to go down such an aggressive road like it is at today? The Bible has quite a bit to say about women and many interpret that as though women, or men for that matter, are not able to consider themselves feminists at all. It is not only possible, but it should be encouraged and celebrated when a woman of Christ celebrates equality. However, it is important what kind of feminism women choose to align themselves as. The dictionary defines feminism as “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes”. This is the kind of feminism that Christian women …show more content…
Nowadays it is easy to say that feminism had transformed once again. The feminist movement has become synonymous with the term “man-hater”. Women are taking the movement beyond where it has been and many believe beyond where it was ever meant to go. The women who do this are generally called “feminazis”, coined by Rush Limbaugh in the early 90s, because of the extremes they take it to. For some this is no longer a movement fighting for equal rights or to be seen as people, this is a fight to bring men down to where some think they belong. After Limbaugh designated this as the term to dissuade followers of feminism he brought up this gem, “Limbaugh used that definition of feminazis to define all feminists: "Do you think looking at someone is sexual harassment? Do you think all men are rapists? Do you think all sex is rape? If your answer to any or all of these questions is no, you are simply not, by definition, a feminist."’ For many, people like this are the exact reason that feminism exists. The idea that women cannot go around without …show more content…
This is indeed said in 1 Timothy 2:11-14, “Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.” Many a person has quoted this as proof that women are to be quiet and serve their husbands. While there is nothing wrong with a woman if she chooses this path, it should not be a straight rule for everyone to follow. As Bessey points out, “The aforementioned verses are from the letters of Paul. They are not an exhaustive list of rules and their exceptions. They are not universal standards, without context and purpose.” And yet this is the most commonly taken out of context quote to define what women should be. Paul did not write this for future generations. It was given to him by God in order to tell a certain people what they should be for that day and age. Paul was describing what women needed to be in the patriarchal society they had. This does not define women now, and yet innumerable people quote this today to exemplify a woman’s role in a marriage. All the arguments depend on the context. And yet almost every argument that someone against feminism has is taken out of context, in a way that truly

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